South Manchester parkrun recorded its biggest turnout to date as 348 runners made their way to Platt Fields Park on Saturday morning. An unknown participant (presumably due to a forgotten barcode) was first to cross the finish line, with Royton Road Runners' Martin Schofield taking second and setting a new PB of 17:09.
Saturday's run represented the event's 4 year anniversary, with runners bringing along tea, coffee and cakes to commemorate the day, while pacers were on hand to ensure participants could hit their target time. Of the 348 runners, 52 were first timers, 90 set a PB and representative of 31 different athletics clubs took part.
The 5k, which starts at Lakeside Centre in the park, first arrived in South Manchester on 14 November, 2009, when 104 runners took part. Current course record holders are Andy Norman (15:12) and Anna Lupton (17:36).
parkrun is a free, weekly 5k held on Saturday mornings. To find your nearest event, visit their website.